Fall is here and it looks like early spring. Bright green islands of grass dot the gray landscape; even some of our dying trees have put on new leaves, as if dazed and confused by this foreign thing called rain. Yesterday, the high was 90 degrees. Tonight is forecast to drop into the mid 40s. Swing low. Swing high. A new season has come to Central Texas.
The drought is still with us but after the big soak we were able to work the fields for the first time in months. We planted nearly 5 acres of cover crops, knowing the chances are slim that they would do much this winter. But that is what a farmer does – if you have seed, you plant it. Even if the odds are against you, a little bit of hope goes into that ground as well and you feel better for it.
Our city water use these past two months were, like the weather itself, unprecedented. However, it allowed us to keep our summer crops alive and you are benefitting from nice peppers, eggplant, and even a few volunteer melons. Our tomato crop was a major disappointment but you will see some green tomatoes in future shares as well as heirloom lima beans (the deer devoured our green beans). Fall and winter crops are doing well. Kale, collards or chard will be in the shares for the foreseeable future. The heat caused a germination failure with our lettuces in the greenhouse but we have directly sown more than 2000 feet at the river farm. Once it is ready, you will see lettuce in the shares for the rest of the season. Future shares will include spinach, beets, carrots, turnips, winter squash, scallions, pac choy.
As always we appreciate your support and flexibility. The drought has made CSA farming even more fickle this year but we are hoping the worst is over and those islands of green will keep growing and expand.